VA News – Court rules class-action lawsuits can be brought against the VA

This legal change sounds like great news for many veterans, I hope that the process works correctly and changes are made that reduce the pressure on veterans and their family members. I feel we will see an influx of lawsuits for Gulf War Syndrome, Agent Orange, and toxic chemical exposures from many military bases and …

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Veterans – The busy empty phones. Washington Post article.

Listen. Type. Send. This was what the 60 customer service agents could do for the 107,000 calls that had come in since June 2017. On this day, there would be 584 more. I will not comment much on this topic, I have experienced a complete failure with this hotline of help twice. None of this …

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VA OIG report – Denied Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Claims Related to Military Sexual Trauma

Link to the original report I will not post any comments on this, I think the article speaks for itself. From the summary: The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) reviewed Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA’s) denied claims related to veterans’ military sexual trauma (MST) to determine whether staff correctly processed the claims according to VBA …

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VA article – San Diego VA studying CBD for PTSD treatment. (NBC article)

Link to article I will say I think the summary given by Carnivale is a great jumping off point for all discussions of treatment for PTSD. If you have never experienced it, you can simply have no idea. The symptoms, as well as their progenitor, can only be experienced. PTSD is not a new article …

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VA article – Horrific conditions and rusty surgical instruments

From the beginning of the article. Link to the article Employees at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington, DC are begging the new VA secretary for help as serious problems allegedly persist at the facility. The hospital has made national headlines numerous times for its quality and cleanliness failings, and now there are reports of …

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VA Whistleblowers more likely to receive disciplinary actions. NPR article.

Link to news article Link to GAO report Report highlights include: Whistleblowers were 10 times more likely than their peers to receive disciplinary action within a year of reporting misconduct. The VA doesn't always maintain required files and documents for adjudication, suggesting that employees may not have received due process. Sixty-six percent of VA employees who …

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News link – Another veteran dies after he set himself on fire to protest the VA.

Not much to say here, this event is still under investigation, this is another example of the desperate situation that veterans are placed in that they go to this length to bring light to the problems we face when it comes to not being provided proper mental health care. Veteran dies after setting himself on …

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